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Sensational - Get On My Page [Ipecac Recordings - 2001]

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Dopey, alienating, hallucinatory, minimalistic but maintaining a hardcore streetmentality. Sensational's fourth album holds no big surprises. Like this albums predecessor Heavyweighter he keeps it short: round and about 40 minutes.

Which is not a bad thing, more than 60 minutes of this stuff makes you all weird in the head (even without smoking the 'erb). The tracks are short and to the point, no more extremes like the tracks he made under the name Torture and some tracks on his first two albums. Not that this is a commercial album with nice choruses, although most tracks have a hook of some kind.

When Sensational worked with the Jungle Brothers as a 17 year old the record they came up with was so weird that Warner Brothers refused to release it. The JB's returned to the studio to make some more accessable tracks and the album J. Beez Wit The Remedy still has some tracks from the first version but turned out fairly normal. While Jungle Brothers seem to have stopped experimenting, Sensational went on doing his thing undiluted. The independent heavy dub and experimental hiphop label Wordsound gave him the opportunity to vent his creativity even before he had a proper microphone and on his first album he used headphones to record his raps.

After three albums for Wordsound this is his first on Mike Patton's Ipecac label. With more guests than ever and it makes the material a little more diverse and easier to digest. Some female raps and vocals by Ambience on several tracks and and appearances by Flowwer, Kev Hutch and other underground lyricists add some flavor to Get On My Page. The beats are minimal as ever with sometimes not much more than a beat and a heavy bass augmented by some atonal keyboard sounds. His raps are usually of the braggin' & boastin' type: 'This Is How It Be When It's Real'. His a.k.a. is Perfection y'know? Other typical hardcore subjects on his menu are sex and blunts.

Sensational's music is a hallucinatory trip, with or without the help of drugs of any kind, but nevertheless very hiphop. No fancy clothes, fast shiny cars and glamourous babes here, stricly spaced-out beats and dopey raps that make Cypress Hill sound stonesober. I dare any hiphop fan to 'Get On His Page'.

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